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Hanksgiving: A Tribute to Hank Roberts [Mondo Jazz Ep. 94-1]

Hanksgiving: A Tribute to Hank Roberts [Mondo Jazz Ep. 94-1]

Playing tracks by

Ben Allison, Hank Roberts, Phil Haynes & Free Country, Tiger Okoshi, Wiggy Dog Boy and more.

Chart positions

This show was 2nd in the global community radio chart, 8th in the global experimental chart, 10th in the global nu jazz chart, 10th in the global indie chart and 48th in the global jazz chart.

Traditions are traditions... For this year's Hanksgiving episode we celebrate the work of a truly original artist, Hank Roberts. The Indiana-born, upstate New York-based, cellist, jazzaphone fiddler and vocalist, is one of those rare musicians whose name on the front or the back of an album should make any one purchase that record without questions asked, run home and play it immediately.

This week we try to squeeze into a couple of hours a discography that spans over three decades and illustrates the artistic trajectory of a key figure in the famed New York downtown scene that continues to be at the forefront of creative music. In this first part, we focus in particular on some of his projects as a leader and on his ongoing collaboration with Bill Frisell.

Hank in there! It must be a very nice Hanksgiving then!

Detailed playlist at (up to Martin Simpson).

Photo credit: Christopher DelCollo.


Jennifer DeMeritt

I think I bought a Hank Roberts album back in the 90s but haven't followed him since. What a treat to rediscover his music. Happy Hanksgiving indeed!

Mondo Jazz
Mondo Jazz

Glad to have re-ignited the Hank Roberts flame ;-)

Kristian Radolovic

How very innovative to have a cellist play in modern Jazz (well. not really seeing as how the stand-up double bass is an integral part of a old-time and newer Jazz sounds, not to mention the bass guitar). Excellent set of the verve in the modernity of Jazz sounds exemplified by this excellent mix. Another goal scored for Mondo Jazz.

Mondo Jazz
Mondo Jazz

You may also love other forward looking cellists like (in alphabetical order), Rufus Capapdocia, Vincent Courtois, Erik Friedlander, Ha-Yang Kim, Peggy Lee, Ernst Reijseger, Vincent Segal and more! Or just wait for the next episodes of Mondo Jazz ;-). Thanks for tuning in